May to Sep 2017 • Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains • 9 Day Small Group Tour

  • Pricing

    Maximum 15 passengers

    Dates  –  May 07  |  June 04 – Fully booked |  July 09 – Fully booked   |  August 27  |  September 03 – Limited availability & 17

    Per person twin share  –    $4,245


     Single –          $5,325

    Inclusions

    • 8 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
    • Experienced Driver/tour leader
    • Luxury mini-coach transportation
    • European breakfast daily
    • One lunch
    • Four evening meals
    • Four wine tastings
    • One liquor tasting
    • Entrance fee included to: Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Reims Cathedral, Hospices of Beaune, Musée de la Grande Chartreuse and Citadel of Sisteron..

    Exclusions
    • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
    • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
    • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.

  • Itinerary Map of Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains | 2017

     

    DAY 1 PARIS – CHÂTEAU DE VAUX-LE-VICOMTE – REIMS – AY
    So lavish that its first owner was arrested for daring to out do King Louis XIV, Châteaude Vaux-le-Vicomte makes a magnificent opening act for our adventure. Next comes Reims in Champagne, where treasured reminders of its medieval heritages stand beside elegant art deco buildings. One such gem is the UNESCO-protected Cathedral of Our Lady, which we take time to explore.Finally, our road winds into Ay,a quiet town in the Champagne region where we enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

    DAY 2 AY – CHAMPAGNE – AY
    The pop of a cork. The fizz of the bubbles. The clink of toasting glasses. Today is devoted to discovering Champagne and its liquid riches. Epernay is arguably its epi-centre, so we pause here to stroll up Avenue de Champagne, lined with many famous merchants houses and cellars. Then it’s onto La Côte des Blancs, where we visit an artisan producer. After wandering through the vineyards and watching the pressing and distillation process,we sit down together to enjoy a crisp,

    refreshing glass or two of the final product. Our road back to Ay takes us through the beautiful Montagne de Reimsarea, known for its Pinot Noir. (B)

    DAY 3 AY – CHABLIS – DIJON
    Now to swap fizz for the dry,pure white wines of Chablis.Here we visit a traditional cellar,where barrels are piled high under arched ceilings that have stood for hundreds of years.Guided by an expert tasting master, we sip the best local wines. Afternoon brings us to Dijon, where you have the evening free to explore this attractive city known for its gothic grandeur. (B)

    DAY 4 DIJON – BEAUNE – BEAUJOLAIS – LYON
    Walled Beaune, the beating heart of the Burgundy wine region, is our first port of call,where we visit the peaceful Hospices of Beaune. Founded as a hospital for the poor in the 15th century, it also has its own vineyards and hosts a prestigious wine auction each year. Next we drop by a sprawling wine estate in the verdant Beaujolais countryside before continuing to Lyon. A warm welcome comes courtesy of a meal in a traditional Bouchon Lyonnais – a type of bistro known for a convivial, relaxed atmosphere that accompanies authentic, hearty dishes. (B, D)

    DAY 5 LYON
    Today you’re free to explore Lyon at your own pace. Saunter along the riverside, whose banks are flanked with tall, colourful houses. Learn about everything from the early days of cinema to classic cars at the museums. Visit traditional ateliers, where time-honoured crafts are still practiced. Or simply take a seat in one of the many restaurants to discover why Lyon claims the title of ‘gourmet capital of France’. (B)

    DAY 6 LYON – RHÔNE VALLEY – URIAGE-LES-BAINS
    We’re back on the wine trail as we venture into the Rhône Valley, home to some of France’s oldest vineyards. After a private tasting session at Tain l’Hermitage, source of the famous Hermitage wines, we climb into the French Alps. Take in swoon-worthy mountain views from Villard-de-Lans, before we continue on to the romantic spa town of Uriage-les-Bains. (B, D)

    DAY 7 URIAGE-LESBAINS – SAINT-PIERRE-DECHARTREUSE – URIAGE-LESBAINS
    Deep in a green valley between towering peaks, we find Grande Chartreuse Monastery. Before we see the complex itself, we drop by the Chartreuse museum to learn about its history –along with the origins of the Carthusian Order who built it. We stroll to the monastery and enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the stunning scenery, before driving on to the monks’ distillery in Voiron. Here they make the famous Chartreuse liquor, whose recipe dates back to the 18th century – and we’re treated to a taste. (B, L)

    DAY 8 URIAGE-LES-BAINS – SISTERON – FORCALQUIER
    Our road turns south towards Provence today, with Alpine slopes giving way to rugged hill sand wildflower meadows as we drive through the Drome region.We stop in Châtillon-en-Diois,a pretty town surrounded by sheer cliffs and forests, before continuing to Sisteron. This medieval commune, strewn over a deep turquoise river between a mountain pass, is the gateway to Provence. The citadel, which crowns an impressive rocky hilltop, pairs fascinating history with sweeping views. Finally, we reach Forcalquier, where we settle in for a farewell dinner and final overnight stay at a charming 18th century farmhouse. (B, D)

    DAY 9 FORCALQUIER – ENTREVAUX – NICE
    Our closing day takes us deeper into exquisite Provençal countryside. Entrevaux, a medieval town set between rolling green countryside and a deep blue sky. Nice, elite resort and shining capital of the French Riviera, soon beckons. And it’ shere that our tour ends, among the golden beaches and clear waters of the Côte d’Azur. (B)

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